Upcoming Training and Events
We are pleased to offer a variety of trainings and special events throughout the year for child care providers. All training and events are PDR approved.
The following training and events will be hosted by Child Care Aware of West Central Arkansas:
4th Annual Early Childhood STEAM Conference
"Arts on the Water"
Where: DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismark, AR
When: September 30, 2023, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Keynote: Coy Bowles, Zac Brown Band
PDR: 6 approved hours
Literacy and early education advocate by day, and multi-platinum music star by night,
Coy Bowles has some pretty exciting things for us on the horizon. A Georgia native
born and raised in Thomaston, Coy Bowles is probably best known as a guitarist, keyboardist,
singer and songwriter for the
three-time Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band. However, off stage, he is a teacher and parent blazing trails in the world of early education. With four highly-praised children’s books under his belt, Coy recently released a social emotional learning kit based around his hit book, Behind
the Little Red Door, an unforgettable story of imagination and creativity. His new children’s album, Music for Tiny Humans, won a Gold Award from theParent’s Choice Foundation.
His creative journey began at 11 years old when he started playing guitar. Raised with love and support and through
the guidance of an influential teacher, Coy was able to dream big and knew that he could do anything he put his heart
and soul into. His successful musical career enabled him to create a advocacy platform for literacy, early education and teacher appreciation. “With having such a blessed life and career, I feel motivated to give back to teachers and give kids a better understanding of confidence and creativity,” he says. Coy is highly involved in the state of Georgia’s early
education system. He is a board member for GA Foundation for Early Care and Learning, involved with the Georgia
Governor’s office education initiatives, was the 2019 keynote speaker for GAEYC, and recently became the Region IV
Head Start Ambassador on Early Literacy.
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Each of STEAM’s five subjects share a common approach and focus. They require gathering and using evidence to create knowledge or solve problems. STEAM learning happens naturally everyday as children explore, play, and try new things. When young children have the opportunity to investigate the world around them, they learn and experiment with new STEAM skills and theories. Research shows there is a positive relationship between early STEAM experiences and future success in school.
For more information visit Understanding STEAM and how children use it.
5th Annual ACW Dinner & Tribute
Where: First United Methodist Church, Christian Life Center - Cupp Hall, 218 Pratt St, Hot Springs, AR
When: April 11, 2022, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Keynote: Paul Lazenby, Executive Director of T.E.A.C.H
Theme: Celebrating the Lives of Early Childhood Professionals
PDR: 2 approved hours
Each year we celebrate Arkansas Children's Week by hosting HSECA's Dinner & Tribute for early childhood educators. We feel it is important to recognize and honor all of the hard work and dedication our providers put in to caring for their children. Registration is $7.50. Registration must be received by April 1, 2022. Catering TBD.
Download current and past ACW resource books.
For more information visit Arkansas Children's Week.
Pine Bluff ACW Family Fun Day
Where: Pine Bluff Convention Center
When: April 2022
Early Childhood Professionals and families are invited to join us for Family Fun Day at the Pine Bluff Convention Center in celebration of Arkansas Children's Week. In our work, we create hands-on experiences daily to engage and enlighten our littlest learners.
For more information visit Everyday Explorers.
International Dot Day
Where: TBD, Hot Springs, AR
When: September 2022
Join us as we celebrate International Dot Day in September. Location TBD. The event is free and open to families and children of all ages. We will be reading The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds and have an activity that you're sure to enjoy.
Annual Dad's Event
Where: TBD, Hot Springs, AR
When: June 2022
A FREE community event for Father Figures of all ages with the goal of providing resources along with fun, safe & affordable activities/ideas for you to do with your families. There will be door prizes and local vendors ready to talk with you and answer your questions.
For directions or bus routes visit the Transportation Plaza Bus Route map.
Contact us for more information or to register for one of our events. You may also visit our Facebook page or download our app "Child Care Aware WCA". Visit the state Child Care Resource and Referral Map to find the CCR&R that serves your county.